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EXHIBIT: Why Treaties Matter

September 19, 2017 - 8:00am to October 13, 2017 - 9:00pm

Walter Library, Great Hall 

The exhibit is free and open to members
of the University of Minnesota
community and the general public for
viewing during the following times:


Monday - Thursday:  8:00 am - Midnight 
Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm 
Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 
Sunday:  Noon - Midnight 

The exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the US government in this place we now call Minnesota. Learn, through a video presentation and 20 banners featuring text and images, how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.

The Why Treaties Matter Exhibit is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. This project is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation. 

The College of Liberal Arts, in cooperation with the University of Minnesota Libraries, is hosting the exhibit.